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This image released by FX shows Norma McCorvey from the documentary

Film: 'Roe' plaintiff says her anti-abortion switch was act

May. 21, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Norma McCorvey loved the limelight. Better known as “Jane Roe,” her story was at the center of the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide. At first she was an abortion rights advocate, but, in a twist, she became a born-again Christian in 1995...

Rwanda orders release of young women jailed over abortions

May. 19, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda’s president has pardoned and ordered the release of 50 young women who were jailed for having or assisting with abortions. Justice Minister Johnston Busingye said the women released Tuesday were the last to be freed. Last year, President Paul Kagame ordered the release...

FILE - In this Sunday, May 19, 2019, file photo, protesters for women's rights hold a rally on the Alabama Capitol steps to protest a law passed the previous week making abortion a felony in nearly all cases with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, in Montgomery, Ala. An Alabama-based abortion rights group used a flood of donations that poured in from across the country after the abortion ban to purchase the state’s busiest abortion clinic to ensure it stays open, the Yellowhammer Fund announced Friday, May 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

Group buys Alabama abortion clinic to keep it from closing

May. 16, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Conservative lawmakers in Alabama last year tried to enact the nation's most stringent abortion ban, but the attempt to outlaw the procedure may have had one ironic twist. An Alabama-based abortion rights group used a flood of donations that poured in from across the country after...

In this April 26, 2017, photo, John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, poses for a photo in Washington. The leading gun control advocacy group has enlisted more than a dozen religious leaders to boost voter turnout this fall in support of candidates who support measures to prevent gun violence. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Gun control group starts faith-driven push ahead of election

May. 12, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading gun control advocacy group has enlisted more than a dozen religious leaders to boost voter turnout this fall in support of candidates who support measures to prevent gun violence. Everytown for Gun Safety, which expects to spend $60 million on this year's elections, is forging its...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks to reporters at a news conference in Washington. A federal judge on Thursday, May 7, 2020, rejected a request by Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic to block a rule requiring a negative coronavirus test before a woman undergoes the procedure.

Judge rejects abortion clinic's bid to block virus test rule

May. 7, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected a request by Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic to block a rule requiring a negative coronavirus test before a woman undergoes the procedure. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller rejected the motion to prevent the state from enforcing the...

Judge blocks ordinance aimed at preventing certain abortions

May. 2, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Tennessee city's zoning ordinance that banned certain abortions. U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson issued an order Friday preliminarily blocking enforcement of the ordinance in Mt. Juliet. The ordinance would have prevented abortion provider carafem...

Abortion clinic challenges Arkansas coronavirus testing rule

May. 1, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic on Friday challenged a state rule requiring coronavirus tests before elective surgeries, saying it's preventing women from having the procedure. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, which represents Little Rock Family Planning...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference on the coronavirus at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday, April 24, 2020, that would have given the state's anti-abortion attorney general new authority to regulate abortion clinics. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoes abortion legislation

Apr. 24, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday that would have given the state's anti-abortion attorney general new authority to regulate abortion clinics. The measure cleared the GOP-dominated legislature in the waning hours of this year's legislative session. As a result,...

Court allows Arkansas ban on surgical abortions due to virus

Apr. 22, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday allowed Arkansas to ban most surgical abortions during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved a judge's temporary restraining order that allowed surgical abortions to continue after the...

Federal judge: Oklahoma abortion ban can't be enforced

Apr. 21, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's attempt to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic cannot be enforced, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Charles Goodwin issued a preliminary injunction late Monday after abortion providers sued Stitt over the ban. The injunction replaces...